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April 8, 2014

Ares Management Takes Control of Guitar Center

Filed under: Guitars,News — S. Kindley @ 5:57 pm
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Bain Capital is still in the picture but Ares Management is reported to have taken control of Guitar Center.

Read the announcement here

(Note: a subscription to read the third party article may be required. I’ll try to locate and publish a link that is freely accessible. This link does have a free summary preview.)


Guitar Center

Guitar Center


July 27, 2013

R.I.P. JJ Cale

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 8:57 am
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JJ Cale is reported to have died of a heart attack on July 26, 2013. Songwriter and performer extraordinaire, Cale has penned many tunes in his time for a roster of bona fide legends as noted in this excerpt from his Wikipedia page:

“JJ Cale (also J.J. Cale), born John Weldon Cale on December 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale is one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale’s personal style has often been described as “laid back”.

His songs have been performed by a number of other musicians including “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Cajun Moon” by Randy Crawford, “Clyde” and “Louisiana Women” by Waylon Jennings, “Magnolia” by Jai, “Bringing It Back” by Kansas, “Call Me the Breeze” and “I Got the Same Old Blues” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “I’d Like to Love You, Baby” by Tom Petty, “Travelin’ Light” and “Ride Me High” by Widespread Panic, “Tijuana” by Harry Manx, “Sensitive Kind” by Carlos Santana, “Cajun Moon” again by Herbie Mann with Cissy Houston, and “Same Old Blues” by Captain Beefheart.”


JJ Cale

JJ Cale

1938-2013. Rest in Peace. (more…)

July 3, 2013

Fedora 19 Released

Filed under: Linux,News — S. Kindley @ 6:58 pm
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See the announcement here

and of course the release notes are available as well.


June 11, 2013

Gibson Guitar Corp. Changes Name

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 11:58 am
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GibsonThe Tennessean is reporting that the Gibson Guitar Corporation is changing it’s name to Gibson Brands. Personally I think they should have chosen a name that pays better respect to the rich tradition that this music instrument icon has enjoyed for over 120 years. I would have thought that they would have opted for a shorter more elegant name.

Gibson®” should have been the obvious choice as the logo to the left illustrates. Simple, elegant, and already well established in the music industry.

The companies bought up by Gibson could simply add something like “A Gibson® Company” somewhere around their logos to establish the connection between the various non-guitar related entities and the parent. Maybe I’m just an old fashioned traditionalist. That being said when tradition is part of your identity one shouldn’t go screwing with it now.

Curiously when I ran across this news article I quickly navigated over to the Gibson website and found no mention of the change as of the time of this posting.

I for one hope this is erroneous journalism by the Tennessean. If this proves to be accurate I sure hope we don’t start seeing “Gibson Brands” for the logo inlay on any headstock.

What are your thoughts? Comment below!

April 26, 2013

R.I.P. George Jones

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 8:12 pm
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That makes three! George Jones, “The Possum”, has died. If anyone ever lived their songs it was “No Show Jones”. He is, and was, a country music icon.

One can read about it in the Washington Post article.

George Jones

George Jones


April 22, 2013

R.I.P. Richie Havens

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 7:09 pm
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It’s been a rough couple of days for music. Richie Havens, the opening performer at Woodstock, has died of a heart attack.

One can read about it in the Daily News article published today.

Richie Havens

Richie Havens


R.I.P. Chrissy Amphlett

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 12:27 pm
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Chrissy Amphlett, singer of the Divinyls, died at the age of 53 due to complications of breast cancer yesterday.

Read more from Rolling Stone magazine.

Rest in peace.

Chrissy Amphlett

Chrissy Amphlett


April 12, 2013

Cornford Amplification & Krank Amps no more: Mesa Boogie Drops Guitar Center?

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 12:39 pm
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Krank Amps Closes Doors?

I just read this post on Facebook from Andy Fuchs of Fuchs Audio Technology that was posted on April 12, 2013 around noon time:

“Interesting and busy week in the guitar amp business: Guitar Center and Mesa Boogie have apparently parted ways, and another amp maker has apparently Kranked out their last amp.”

One can see the post on the Fuchs Audio Facebook page.

I quickly flipped open a new browser tab and pulled up Krank’s website. I clicked around for about 20 minutes and found no references to closing or going out of business. The Krank forums appear to be gone now. However I did read that another Facebook follower posted this reply to Andy:

“My last band was endorsed through Krank.  My fellow guitarist just found a post on a forum that Krank closed their doors on March 22nd.”


Cornford too?

It appears that Cornford Amplification has also come to the end of it’s road. While I see no “official” notification on the Cornford website I did find a thread in the official Cornford forums, dated March 27, 2013 that indicate this is more than just a rumor. There was also a statement dated March 27, 2013 from Andertons Music in the UK that seems to suggest Cornford is history.

I must admit I am not very familiar with Krank amplifiers. I’ve seen ’em in stores but I’ve never plugged into one or know anyone else who has. I am familiar with Cornford to a small degree. I seriously considered buying a Cornford Hellcat after plugging into one and noodling for about an hour. I think I spent about two weeks checking out their amp line after that and finally went a different direction due to the cost of the Hellcat. I bet the Cornford’s will retain a small following among guitarists long after they fade out of the scene.

I suspect more people will be interested in the “news” about Guitar Center and Mesa Boogie though … (more…)

April 10, 2013


Filed under: News,Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 2:29 am
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I’m really amazed at the number of comments in my WordPress spam queue right now. It’s rather obvious that the comments are left by people who don’t type English as their primary language. Those that do generally leave a one word comment (or short phrase) followed by an ellipsis. I find that rather ironic since the Greek meaning of ellipsis is “falling short”. It’s as if these people who do this can’t understand that there spam is falling short of their intended goal.No SPAM

I never really explored or investigated what the Akismet Stats feature was all about until just a little bit ago. I guess it just works really well. I’ve had this blog since late 2006 and the stats page shows Akismet has quarantined over 500 spam comments so far.

Consider these things bloggers should know about concerning spam. It’s from the Akismet How It Works page. Credit and copyright belongs to them for the “5 things” I’ve listed below. Reprinted here in the spirit of fair use. Go give them some love!


5 things every blogger should know about spam

1. Web spam is different from email spam.

Email spammers want you to buy their product. You are the target of the ad contained in each email spam you receive. Comment/web spammers want your readers to buy their product. You (the blogger, author, moderator) are not the target.

2. Web spammers are social engineers.

Email spammers write messages to get your attention. Comment spammers write messages to escape your attention. They want you to believe they are real bloggers, real people, writing real comments, so you’ll approve the comment and publish it on your site. They use flattery, appeal to your good nature, and simply lie in order to convince you to give them the benefit of the doubt.

3. Web spammers are basically advertising on your blog..

..and they’re keeping all of the profits. They’re not even asking your permission first. Right now someone is offering to sell links from your blog to anyone willing to pay a few dollars (or a few cents). If your blog is well known, it may even be listed by name, with backlinks for sale at a set price.

4. It’s all about the backlinks.

Web spammers are selling links from your blog to their clients.  They do this to game the search engines and trick your readers into visiting dubious web sites. Their clients are sometimes seemingly harmless, but are often peddling fake pills, porn, scams and malware. Sometimes they’ll use “buffer sites” – that is, innocent looking web pages intended to disguise the fact that they’re really advertising something more sinister.

5. Spammers employ humans.

Not all spam is delivered by spambots. Spammers are increasingly using humans to write and post comments by hand. Typically they are exploiting low-paid workers in internet cafes, schools and factories. Sometimes they are viral marketers paid to promote a new product. Either way they are trying to exploit your blog for their profit – and hoping to do it without you noticing.


If you would like to see an example of some of the blog spam I’ve received and how easy it is to quickly identify the “one word followed by the ellipsis” pattern click: (more…)

April 7, 2013

Alienware Offers X51 Gaming Desktop Running Ubuntu

Filed under: Linux,News — S. Kindley @ 4:26 pm
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The X51 Gaming Desktop from Alienware will come with Ubuntu Linux starting at $599.00 up to $1049.00. One can see the various configurations and pricing from this link.

There appear to be 4 featured models all running Intel processors. The base model with an i3, two mid-level models running the i5, and the top end model sporting the i7 Intel processors. All four offer 1080p HD, NVIDIA graphics, and 7200 rpm SATA platters. All come with 8Gb of RAM except the base model which has 6Gb.

Some may ask, “Where are the Linux games?” Try looking here!

It’s really nice to see popular hardware manufacturers offer Linux at all … but to offer Linux for a gaming computer is fantastic. Hopefully game producers will see the market and offer native Linux ports of popular modern games.

Have any thoughts? Leave a comment …


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